Alzheimer's Society adapts to pandemic by offering more support calls and online services
The Alzheimer’s Society is adapting its support services due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity has temporarily suspended all of its face-to-face and group services.
“We are replacing these with more telephone support calls and newly online services,” said Dan Nelson, North East community fundraiser.
“Where a person with dementia is already known to Alzheimer’s Society, we are getting in touch with a ‘welfare’ call.
“A trained member of staff or volunteer will call the person about their needs for support, check on their safety and well-being, and offer advice or signposting to other support.”
The charity is also appealing for donations to help ensure it reaches isolated residents during the crisis.
“People affected by dementia are reaching out to us every day,” said Dan. “Donations are the only way we can keep going to support them.
“If our information and services are helping you, please – if you can – help to keep us here for you and everyone affected by dementia.”
Cramlington Mayor, Loraine De Simone, who is raising funds for the Alzheimer's Society and the Stroke Association during her term in office, said: “Both of these charities have reacted swiftly to the implications of self isolation and social distancing.
“As with all the charities we rely on they are continuing to put the needs of their clients first. I know the residents of Cramlington and indeed the whole North East will, as always, support these good causes as much as they can. It is heart-warming to see these examples of the community pulling together.”
To donate, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/emergency